This DFID research project aims to test the hypothesis that the provision of modern energy services facilitates improvements to standards of living, via the establishment or growth of micro-enterprise, which create jobs and cash income, thus reducing vulnerability and enabling participation in the economy. The research methodology centres on pre- and post energisation surveys of communities through the gathering and assessment of quantitative data, with qualitative investigations to help understand the context of the data and the broader impact of such interventions. Phase 1 of the project centres on the development and testing of the methodology. This report provides a detailed description of all aspects of the integrated research process (methodology) that has been field tested and subsequently refined together with guidance for researchers, much of which was gained as lessons learned in the field.
Didcot, UK: AEA Energy, 88 pp.